Sophomore Holocaust Project
PART A: THE BOOK DUE DATE:___________________
l. Read a non-fiction book on the theme of the Holocaust.
Books must be chosen from the Aquinas Library—reviews of
some of the books are on the Library’s Home Page.
You will be going to the library as a class to choose
2. You will create a “Jackdaw” box containing at least 10
items that represent the book you are reading. Along with
each item you will need a 4 X 6 note card (total of 10)
explaining each item’s significance to the story.
Instructions for this box are below.
3. You will present your “Jackdaw box” to the class.
(Time 3-4 minutes)
DIRECTIONS FOR JACKDAW BOX
TASK: A Jackdaw is a Eurasian bird that collects things.
For this “book report” you will create a jackdaw box—a
visual, artistic, tangible representation of significant
aspects of your book. Inside this special container (box)
will be at least TEN (10) items created by you which
demonstrate your understanding of the person and the
events that person lived through.
Create a container or transform a previously existing container of some type to create your box. For example, a shoebox, a handbag, hat box, tin container, or cereal box could be transformed into a trunk, a railroad car, a suitcase, etc. Make sure you include the title of your book and the author some-
place on the box.
Items collected in the jackdaw box could include:
*newspaper stories (you could compose one)
*diary type entries
*letters between people in the story (handwritten)
*maps of a person’s journey
*artifacts from the book such as clothing, a keepsake,
mementos, etc. (examples: cloth star, glasses, shoes,
tattered piece of clothing, etc—use your imagination and
picture yourself in the book)
*illustrations of important events
Each item must be accompanied by a complete description of its significance on a 4 X 6 card. You must also include an index
card description for the box as well.
PART B: RESEARCH PAPER DATE DUE:___________________
1. Research a topic related to the Holocaust (topics will be
assigned by the teacher) so as to write a brief two (2) page
research paper. Two class periods will be provided for
Paper will include
a. Two text pages
b. Work Cited page
c. Attach copies of any Web Articles that you use.
2. You will need to use the following sources (a minimum of 4)
(Place a Check mark when you have obtained that source)
____a. National Holocaust Museum Web site (link on library
____b. Holocaust Encyclopedia (In Library) (Copies will be
made of your article on library copier)
____c. A library book (copies of pages you need will be made
on library copier)
____d. An additional Web site from the links listed on the
library home page or an additional library book. No
additional encyclopedia articles may be used. If
using a web article you must attach copy to project.
Essays are to be two (2) pages long, double-spaced, and size 12
Times New Roman font. Parenthetical citations must be used to
indicate the source of your information. Follow the format
shown in Writers Inc. Include a proper heading.
For each source you will need the following information in order to complete a works cited list for your paper:
Title of book/web site/periodical (magazine or newspaper)
Place of publication
Date/year of publication
Source of information for materials gotten online
Name of website/sponsoring organization
Date information was downloaded from Website
Be sure and use the correct color forms in the library to help you complete works cited entry for each source.
Yellow-Web; Green—Encyclopedia; White—Regular Book; Blue-SIRS
DIRECT LINKS TO WEB SITES:
Student Research Sites—Holocaust Sites
PART C: SIRS ARTICLE DATE DUE__________________
Read one of the SIRS articles on modern day genocide listed on the Aquinas Library Web Page. There will be direct link from the library home page to the SIRS ARTICLE. Scroll through the list and choose an article. (You may want to look at several articles before you choose one.)
Pick one of the following to guide you in writing a one (1) page reflection paper on the contents of the article. Attach the reflection paper to the article.
1. Imagine yourself in the situation that you are reading about. Discuss a memorable part of this article and how you would see yourself reacting if you were actually living in this experience.
2. Write a letter to the author of your article, beginning,
“I have just finished reading your article and I would like you to know that…” (If no author is given just use Dear Author)
3. Has this article helped you in any way relate the Holocaust to current world events. How have your opinions changed? Or maybe they have not.
The important thing to keep in mind when writing your reactions is to be honest with yourself.
DIRECT LINK TO SIRS: http://www.proquestk12.com/
Type in username and password:
Click on box underneath username and password that says
Choose an article from the list below. Type in the title from the list below in the SIRS search box. Briefly review the article to see if this is the one you wish to use. If not choose another article and preview it.
“Abduction of the Innocent”
Millions of secret police and intelligence files seized by
“Bodies Yield Evidence of Hussein-Era Killings”
Beneath the clinical glare of fluorescent lights in a collection of makeshift laboratories, the victims of mass murder under Suddam Hussein are slowly brought back to life. For two years, a team of forensic scientists from around the world has shifted through bones, clothes, identity papers, etc.
“The Agony of
Hawa has a tiny cabin to herself. In the teeming Darafuri refugee camp where most families must share huts, this seems a luxury. but for the 18 year old it is terrible, especially at night when gunshots ring throughout the camp.
Can the ethnic cleansing in
The United Nations suppresses its own report on ‘the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis.’
The boy doesn’t wear shorts. He doesn’t play with his friends. His heart wants to, but his legs won’t let him. Only 12, Hussein Muhamed sits in the shade of his small hut, dressed in a pair of long khakis, a lost soul sidelined in a refugee camp full of them.
“Would the World Allow Another Genocide?”
As quickly as
“A Nation of Widows:
The adult population of
Until now, the world knew little of what happened when Bosnian Serb
forces took over the un-protected Muslim town of
systematic executions and massive war crimes.
Genocide: Building Peace In
“The War In
Having lost kin and their homes, Bosnian refuges live deep in grief.
“Muslims Feeling New Serb Purges”
Serb forces have stepped up a deadly new wave of “ethnic cleansing” in
“Bitter Tales of Rape, Plunder”
A brutal nightmare twists the lives of
About 50 Muslim and Croatian refugees from
“An Awful Truth Sinks In”
After years of hope, survivors of
“123 Million People on the Move: The tides of Humanity”
Never in History have so many people wanted to be somewhere else. Spilling out of
“Broken Region of
Once, this was the season when Khartoma Ibrahim prayed for the rains to come. She was a farmer then, before the troubles here in Darfu changed everything, even her prayers. The rains should come any day now, but this year Ibrahim, 35, has no fields to plant. She, her husband and their six children languish in a refugee camp.
Joe Madison says he doesn’t cry easily.
“Witness To Slavery: Horror in villages Haunted By Slavery”
“Everyone could take whatever kind of person they wanted. Anyone who likes women could take women. Any one who likes girls could take girls. anyone who likes a small boy could take a small boy.”
“Witness To Slavery: Bought—and Freed”
Freedom: for a handful of cash, our reporters strike a deal with an Arab middleman, freeing two young boys after six years of bondage. The exchange proves beyond all doubt that slavery exists in Sudan.